Picks of the Month: August 2015


Picks of the Month is my monthly feature. Modeled after what I’m loving lately at Annie’s Eats (one of my favorite food blogs), I’ll be sharing the products, websites, pop culture, apps, etc that made my life easier and/or more fun the previous month. And, yes, as this is a book blog, I will probably find a way to sneak some mention of my favorite reads from the month too!


I mean to include this last month, but I forgot. The Black Tapes Podcast is very similar in style to Serial — except that it’s horror fiction. It’s meant to be like Serial, right down to the cadence of Alex’s speech, and even though that was a little jarring at first, I soon grew to like it. The story is good enough to overlook that and the sometimes not-quite-up-to-par acting.

Another podcast I’ve started listening to is Lore. It’s different in format than any of my other regular podcasts. In Lore, the narrator reads true scary stories. I haven’t heard many episodes yet, but I’m hooked already. I only wish the episodes were longer and that there were more of them. Lore is still in production, so more are coming, but I’m going to catch up fast.

washi tape

In the last few week’s I’ve gotten addicted to washi tape. Most of what I’ve bought is by Scotch Expressions because that’s what most common in the stores. Purists will tell you that’s not real washi tape, but I don’t care. It’s cute and pretty and I love it. I’m probably going to be ordering some different ones online soon. I’ve already found so many on Etsy alone that I like.

I’m not really crafty or very creative, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with all of this washi tape even as I was accumulating it. There are a lot of great ideas on Pinterest, but I’m also a little lazy and probably won’t ever do half of them, even the ones I love. (Does anyone?) So far I’ve used it to brighten up a few blah areas of the house, like the borders of my new white boards.

washied white board

Favorite books I read in August
Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz was my only 5-star read of the month, but I also read five 4-star books, so I had a pretty good month.